“Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” – 1 Peter 5:5-6
God is the great leveler in that He is always trying to bring us into balance with His will. He trains us to walk in obedience to His voice, as opposed to our own fleshly wants, desires, or even fears. You will find that God is always working against your comfort zone, constantly calling you out of the boat of familiarity and self logic.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.” – Proverbs 3:5-8
Proverbs 111:10 tells us that “the fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” This is because if we truly trust, knowing He is true, loving, and faithful, then we will fear the results of not listening to His wise and selfless council. If we fear the alternative we will act in wisdom and obey The Lord. However, this isn’t always easy to do because the devil is a liar and makes things seem so logical and easy sometimes while God often asks us to do things that oppose both our carnal mind and understanding.
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12
Ever notice how when we are meek and timid God always seems to be trying to push us out of the boat? He will tell you to speak when you don’t want to be heard, He will tell you to stand when you don’t want to be seen, and He will tell you to lead when you don’t want to be followed. Yet when you want to lead He will tell you that you need to submit and follow, when you want to be seen He will tell you to humble yourself and step back, and when you want to be heard He will tell you, well, to shut up. Walking in the spirit is like dancing with God, you have to led Him lead or you’ll end up stepping on His toes.
Stepping on someone’s toes is a term used to describe the act of offending someone. If we want to avoid offending God then we have to learn to be led and stop trying to lead. This is the essence of what Jesus was trying to teach His disciples when He consistently instructed His followers to humble themselves. If we choose to take the position of humility then God, in His constant effort to lead us, will exalt us, but if we choose to exalt ourselves then we leave Him no where else to lead us but back down. So always choose the lowest seat that He may call you to a higher one.
“And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” – Luke 14:7-11